Jhargram, West Bengal, May 29: The death toll in Mumbai-bound express train which derailed on Friday,May28 by Maoists rose to 98 on Saturday,May 29 morning as more bodies were pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches with rescue workers working throughout the night.
South East Railway officials put the total number of injured at 250. Five of the seriously injured have been taken to Kolkata for treatment.
“Ninety-eight bodies have so far been taken out from the mangled coaches. Ninety-six bodies have been kept at the Midnapore Hospital and two at the Kharagpur Railway Hospital," SP, West Midnapore, Manoj Kumar Verma told the reporters.
Out of the 98 bodies only 25 bodies have been identified so far and postmortem of 60 bodies have been done so far.
According to the railway officials the toll could go up as the worst-affected S-5 and S-6 coaches were yet to be cut open.
Mr Verma futhur added,“Two temporary camps have been set up at the Midnapore Hospital where relatives of the dead and injured can get information. Besides displaying the photographs of the dead at the hospital, officials have uploaded them on government websites for the convenience of the affected families,".